NEW YORK - "Lombardi" the play, takes a moment in time of the legendary's coach's career in Green Bay and looks at Vince Lombardi's relationships with his wife and his players.
Three players to be exact. Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor, and Dave Robinson.
They have lived the stories, shared the stories, even written about them. But would they like this one?
Coach Vince Lombardi led the Green Bay Packers to five championships in seven years. A team that was made up of ten future Hall of Famers, including Jim Taylor.
Taylor says Lombardi taught him confidence and so much more.
"Oh yeah... way way beyond that. I mean him drilling you and pushing you to the brink of who are you and what are you made of and look in the mirror and say do you really want to continue what you're doing. He pushed you. It made me the player that I was," said Taylor.
That relationship is now playing out onstage in the new show "Lombardi".
With the play you have the joining of two worlds. The world of sports with the world of theater. So what better way to present that to the world than by rolling out the red carpet for the stars of the NFL.
Flashing their Super Bowl I and II rings, players like Chuck Mercein, Dave Robinson, and Jerry Kramer showed up to see if the play does justice to their memories.
"I have to see how they treated Coach Lombardi's other side. There's a public side that is very rough and very tough and very demanding and there's another side to him that is very soft and tender and loving and very caring and very nurturing and I wondered to see if they would catch the whole man or if they would just get that little public piece that says, ‘What the hell is going on out there?' That we heard thousands of times but there's much more to the man than that little snip and I can't wait to see it," said Kramer.
Chuck Mercein who had a pivotal role in the famed Ice Bowl game, says the actor Dan Lauria got it right.
"I mean half the lines I did in the locker room I was really talking to the Packers. It was an honor to see Dave Robinson wipe his eyes and Jerry Kramer, tears literally rolling down his face. That's great. Shows how much they loved their coach," said Lauria.
Two of the former players Robinson and Taylor, were also watching themselves being portrayed.
"I want to make sure the guy is built right. That's he's buff. Got a six pack of abs," said Robinson.
After the show, Robinson and Taylor met the guys who played them.
It was a special night all around, for the players, the actors, even the audience.
"What was really fascinating was to see Jim Taylor and Dave Robinson watching themselves being portrayed. Green Bay Packer fans have got to come to New York to be able to see this. They really did a nice job," said Packers CEO and President, Mark Murphy.
"Bill Dawes has all of Hornung's mannerisms. I've spent a lot of time with Hornung to know what a loose guy he was and Rob Riley as Jim Taylor has one of the most profound scenes in the play when he confronts Lombardi. That's a scene you don't forget," said author, David Maraniss.
Robinson said Lombardi was like a father to him. Even more fatherly than what was portrayed. He said watching the interaction on stage took him back.
"I may have missed a scene because I was reliving the scene before and the way, the inflection of words and the mannerisms it was really neat. Parts of it was very emotional. Got to thinking about things. Not the football but to hear Vince talking and some of the things he meant and phrases he said like ‘winning isn't everything.' I just remember him saying it. It meant so much to me. And still does," said Robinson.
"Lombardi" is playing at the Circle in the Square Theater in New York City. Tickets range in price from $115-$200 and are currently being sold through February 20th.
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